Tomas Lollike riding in Tignes

Tomas Lollike GoPro-riding in Tignes and Val d’Isère in early January 2013 🙂

Lots of thanks to Playground for provideing Armada Skis and GoPro3 Black cameras 😀

X Games Tignes 2013 – Invited athletes & competition schedule

With the first event of the 2013 global expansion completed, X Games returns to the center stage in France with X Games Tignes 2013, March 20 – ­22.

Winter X Games Tignes 2013

Winter X Games Tignes 2013

CANAL+ Events and ESPN will collaborate to host and televise the fourth iteration of the event at Tignes Ski and Snowboard resort in the French Alps.

X Games Tignes will welcome 150 world-­‐class athletes competing in Snowboard and Skiing events.

In ski, American David Wise, X Games Aspen Ski SuperPipe winner, France’s Kevin Rolland, Thomas Krief, Anaïs Caradeux and young Torin Yater-­Wallace (17) (USA), Bobby Brown (USA), Tom Wallisch (USA), Nick Goepper (USA), James Woods (GBR), Kaya Turski (CAN), Maddie Bowman (USA) all return to Tignes in hopes of winning gold.

Among them, snowboarders Mark McMorris (CAN), Iouri Podladtchikov (SWI), Louie Vito (USA), Torstein Horgmo (NOR), Kelly Clark (USA), Jamie Anderson (USA), Elena Hight (USA) battle to remain atop the podium, while three rookies ­‐ Arielle Gold (16 y-­‐o, USA), Yuki Kadono (16 y-­‐o, JAP) and Max Parrot (17 y-­‐o, CAN) make their debut in Tignes after successful Aspen events.

Also returning are 2010 Olympic champion Torah Bright (AUS) and superstar Shaun White (USA) defending his two X Games Tignes 2012 gold medals.

* This athlete list will be updated and is subject to change!

The event will feature eight different events for men and women over three days, including Ski and Snowboard SuperPipe and Slopestyle.
Schedule highlights include:

  • Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th : training
  • Tuesday 19th : X Games Tignes 2013 opening press conference
  • Wednesday 20th : Two Women’s finals:
    • 1pm – Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final
    • 6:30pm – Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe Eliminations
    • 8:30pm – Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
  • Thursday 21st
    • 1pm – Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final
    • 6:30pm -­‐ Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
    • 8:30pm -­‐ Men’s Ski SuperPipe Eliminations
  • Friday 22nd : 4 finals
    • Men’s (10 :30am) and Women’s (1pm) Snowboard Slopestyle Finals
    • o Men’s (6 :30 pm) and Women’s (8 :30pm) Ski SuperPipe Finals

* Schedules subject to change!

Ny fælles Freeride World Tour!

Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face Swatch Freeride World Tour, Freeskiing World Tour og The North Face Masters of Snowboarding har netop offentligtgjort, at de tre tours fusionerer til en fælles global championship serie.

Den nye world tour får navnet Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face og vil have freeskiing og snowboarding ved alle begivenheder!

De fleste stop på turen er fundet, og vi kan glæde os til at følge med i Revelstoke (BC, Canada), Chamonix (Frankrig), Kirkwood (CA, USA), Fieberbrunn Pillerseetal (Østrig).
Endnu en europæisk begivenhed mangler at blive bekræftet, inden der (som traditionelt hos Swatch Freeride World Tour) afsluttes med finalerne i Verbier (Schweiz) sidst i marts 2013.

Her er kalenderen:
SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE 2013
1. Revelstoke (BC, CAN) 7-12 jan 2013
2. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (FRA) 26 jan – 1 feb 2013
3. Kirkwood (CA, USA) 27 feb – 3 mar 2013
4. Fieberbrunn Pillerseetal (AUT) 9 mar – 15 mar 2013
5. Stop No5 in Europe – Location To Be Confirmed
6. Verbier Xtreme (SUI) 23 mar – 31 mar 2013

“Foreningen af de tre tours er et stort skridt i sportens udbredelse.” siger Nicolas Hale-Woods (Freeride World Tour Managing Director Europe). “Ikke kun på World Tour (FWT) niveau, men også til kvalifikationen med events i New Zealand, Nord- og Sydamerika og Europa. Alle kommer til at tælle i en fælles Freeride World Qualifiers (FWQ) ranking, hvilket gør atleter fra alle active områder i stand til at kvalificere sig til næste års Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face.”

“Big mountain freeriding har en lang og rig historie med utrolig talentfulde atleter fra hele verden,” siger Adam Comey (Mountain Sports International President og Freeride World Tour Managing Director Americas). “Nu hvor to store brands som Swatch og The North Face samt to dedikerede arrangører i Europa og Nordamerika ser fremtiden for freeride skiing og snowboarding særdeles lovende ud.”

Startlisterne i 2013 vil have kvalificerede atleter med fra alle tre 2012 tours, ligesom der også vil være atleter med fra 4-star events.
Derudover vil der være et begrænset antal wild cards fra begge kontinenter.

“Sammenlægningen af de to ski tours er et stort skridt for vores sport.” siger 2012 Swatch Freeride World Tour Champion Reine Barkered fra Sverige. “Det vil skabe endnu mere opmærksomhed verden over. Selv ser jeg frem til en vild sæson med mange nye ansigter.”

Freeride World Qualifiers 2013Udover 5-Stars Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face vil der være omkring 40 kvalifikations-events rundt omkring i verden rangerende fra 1 til 4-Stars, så den store talentmasse kan score point til næste års FWT. Første event finder sted i New Zealand i Chile nu i August 2012.
Atleter vil score point inden for to forskellige rankings, en 5-Stars FWT ranking og en 1 to 4-Stars FWQ ranking.

The North Face er hovedsponsor for den nydannede Freeride World Tour.
“Siden 1980erne har The North Face været en af frontløberne inden for skisport med vores tekniske udstyr og førende atleter, eksempelvis Scott Schmidt og Jim Zellers allerede for 25 år siden. Med inspiration fra vores hold til seneste Freeride World Tour – Giulia Monego, Janette Hargin og Xavier De Le Rue – vi vil fortsætte vores store engagement i fremtidens freeriding.” siger Eric Pansier (VP Marketing EMEA The North Face).

Freeride World Tour 2013 by The North Face teaser

La Face Ouest / Face West – Aiguille de Péclet (3.561 m / 11,683 ft)

Face Ouest / Face West - Aguille de Péclet

Val Thorens and Face Ouest (Face West)

Billed as the finest descent on the massif by the Companie des Guides de Val Thorens, the Face Ouest (Face West) is not lacking arguments.

This immense slope, never extreme, leaving the summit of the Aiguille de Péclet, tempts all who gaze at it. A true monument, the Face Ouest fascinates throughout the season – from an ephemeral pink in January to the flaming orange of a spring sunset – it truly crowns the entire massif.

It is the route which requires the longest approach, but it is also the most popular.

For the descent, an embarrassing alternative; large freeskier curves, exploiting the width of the face, or short turns – infinitely even?

With the snow feather-light on top of a hard smooth base, the Face Ouest is always in condition, ensuring the descent of the week, year, century 😀

Itinerary

From the “intersection” head due north, passing to the right of the rocky spur bordering the cirque du Roc des Saint Peres. Pass the base of the rock-ridge leading to the Aiguille de Péclet; long, rising “flat” hill. At the back of the glacier, the ridge running from the Aiguille de Péclet to the Col de Gébroulaz curves – go towards the lower point in the middle of this snowy ridge.

At the foot of the steep snow-slope leading to the ridge – two choices;

  • Either climb this slope strait up, and follow the ridge to the left, leading to the summit (150 m easy mixed).
    Exposed route, overhanging the glacier de Gébroulaz to the right.
  • Or, if conditions permit, climb diagonally left, about 100 m before arriving at the foot of the ridge – a steep slope, but without rocks – leading directly to the summit. Much faster – between 1-2 hours in total!
Route to Aiguille de Péclet

Route to Aiguille de Péclet

Descent

Facing Val Thorens either;­

  • Descent towards the square breach to the right (easily visible from Val Thorens); 20 m of mixed ground (delicate).
    On foot or skis according to the conditions.
  • Or follow the ridge several meters to the left, where a short (20 m) couloir lets one reach the Face Ouest on skis.

The slope is even (35 degrees) for nearly 200 m then steepens (40-45 degrees).

Make a wide turn to the left of a rocky knob, where the slope is steepest (45 degrees) for about 100 meters, then head right a little and drop down, avoiding the terminal ice and crevasses to the left (steep and broken).

Bottom / Lower itineraries;

  • Gain the Christine piste, crossing toward the left, leading to Val Thorens – or the Moraine chairlift, if you’re go for another descent on the Péclet mountain 😀
  • Or keep right to cross the Tête Ronde piste descending between the piste and the Arête de Tête Ronde – this run leads almost down to Val Thorens with almost an extra 1000 m of vertical drop (easy)!

These lower itineraries are also recommended of finishing the Triangle and The Petite Face Nord.

Offpiste route of the year!

Face Ouest bowl from below